buying vs borrowing (non-school) books in The Chat Board Posted November 13, 2019 · Report reply 1 hour ago, vonfirmath said: When you go to grab it the second or third time, it's time to buy your own copy? I have done this with Lego titles and coding books for DS7. When he takes it home every.single.time we go to the library, it's time to buy! 40 minutes ago, HomeAgain said: My library recently came to the decision that they want to reduce the number of books so that there are more seating areas and you can see across the stacks. I went in today and just about cried. They started in the children's non-fiction. Half empty shelves (down to 2 per case). Hardly anything on topic. There were 3 total books on the civil rights era left from an entire shelf-full. The board's reasoning is that you can always ask for what you need and they will interlibrary loan it, but oh! So much is lost! I filled my arms with discarded books today and they are being rescued to my home library. This makes me want to cry! 19 minutes ago, SereneHome said: Next year I am giving kids book budget every qtr and will let them decide. This is a great idea! If I can ask, what ages are your kids and what ballpark do you think your book budgets will be? (Feel free to not answer my money question.) 13 minutes ago, Matryoshka said: When I used to put booklists together for my kids, I would do all the initial searching on Amazon, which does have the 'if you liked this, you'll like this other book', and it's actually reasonably good. Also, Amazon lets you search by topic, not just author or title. Then I would go with my list of titles and order from the library. I do this, too! I search on Amazon and then request through interlibrary loan.